I'm working on a family history pedigree that is very wide with over 30 generations. I need to take a lot of notes about the various members and I need to see the pedigree in a semi-graphical manner while taking these notes and making comparisons.

An actual pedigree chart has become impossible to manage. I got to thinking that perhaps a spreadsheet would be more efficient, but I've been hitting walls with whether to orient it vertically or horizontally since both have their advantages / disadvantages.

Has anyone had a familiar experience where a lot of information and research is going on simultaneously that needs to be captured with a somewhat visual representation of the relationships?

If so, what worked for you?

Are there better methods than a spreadsheet?

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